Originally published: April 3, 2017
New rules on reporting gender pay come into force in Britain on Thursday to try to tackle workplace discrimination. But there are big gaps in the requirements on UK companies that could stymie progress, the head of Australia’s workplace equality watchdog has said.
Australia introduced similar but more sweeping rules in 2013 and these did much to raise awareness of gender equality and change attitudes, particularly at large organisations, said Libby Lyons, director of Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
Yet the Australian experience showed that cultural change did not “happen overnight”, she added. To make further progress, companies should offer more flexible work options to men, as well as women, while men should take on a greater share of care work in the home.